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Finding Funding Money

Before the Year Ends, Apply to These 7 Money Resources

Don't let hundreds of thousands in potential funding slip by!

We’ve made it! It’s the end of 2021. Foundations, nonprofits and other support services are wrapping up their programs and preparing for the start of a new year. We’ve gathered money resources offering a combined $750K in grants and funding for female entrepreneurs. Many of these opportunities close at midnight on Dec. 31, so don’t miss out!

Our money resources for Dec.:

Compassionate Impact Grant

  • For: Companies with social initiatives that “address access to food, clean water, or shelter and disparities in health and well-being, including but not limited to climate change and disaster preparedness and response”
  • What: $150,000
  • Deadline: Dec. 15

Grow by Invoice2go

  • For: Companies with a founder who identifies as:
    • Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Latino, Native American or Alaska Native, Arab or Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, LGBTQ or as a person with a disability
  • What: $15,000, networking, support, workshops
  • Deadline: Dec. 31

WomensNet’s Amber Grants

  • For: Women small business owners
  • What: $320,000 in various grants through one application
  • Please note: the application includes a $15 fee.
    • The grants available are:
      • Monthly Amber Grant
        • What: $10,000 for one winner, $1,000 for four finalists
        • Timeframe: Last day of every month
      • Annual Amber Grant
        • For: One winner of the Monthly Amber Grant
        • What: $25,000
        • Timeframe: End of the year
      • The Marketing Grant
        • What: Marketing assistance through consultation and industry support
        • Timeframe: Three times per year
      • The Non-Profit Grant
        • What: $5,000
        • Timeframe: Four times per year
      • Business Specific Grants
        • What: $5,000 for specific industries based on this calendar:
          • January – Skilled Trades
          • February – Health & Fitness
          • March – Restaurant, Catering & Food
          • April – Sustainability
          • May – Mental & Emotional Support
          • June – Business Support Service (e.g. accounting, consulting)
          • July – Animal Services (e.g. veterinary, dog walking, grooming)
          • August – Hair Stylists/Products
          • September – Education & Child Care
          • October – Creative Arts (e.g. photography, galleries, designers)
          • November – Skin Care
          • December – Fashion Designers
        • Timeframe: One award per month, automatically applied
      • Mini Grants
        • For: Up to $2,000, based on need
        • Timeframe: Throughout the year

National Association for the Self-Employed Members Growth Grant

  • For: NASE members (eligibility based on type of membership)
  • What: Up to $4,000
  • Deadline: Applications reviewed quarterly

Black Founder Startup Grant

  • For: Black women founders
  • What: $5,000 – $10,000 in grants
  • Deadline: Rolling

Chicago Foundation for Women Grants

  • For: Companies within the Chicago area (Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry and Will counties) focusing on these areas of women’s empowerment:
    • Access to health services and information
    • Economic security
    • Freedom from violence
  • What: $15,000 – $150,000 in grants
  • Deadline: Rolling, grantmaking cycles based on the Spring and Fall

Equitable Innovations Accelerator

  • For: Tech-based startups in Washington with underrepresented founders, including:
    • Black, Latino, Native American, female, non-binary, disabled, a veteran, refugee, LGBTQ
  • What: $100,000 in grants, startup programming, mentorship and coaching for 10 companies
  • Deadline: Jan. 31, 2022

See our interview with Maura Cunningham of Rock the Street, Wall Street, where she discusses how to encourage young girls interested in math and finance.

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Laura Grant

As Managing Editor of Lioness, Laura Grant works with the editorial team and a slew of freelancers and regular contributors to produce a publication that offers equal parts inspiration and information. Laura is a graduate of Western New England University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master's degree in Communications. She spent her undergraduate term developing her writing and communication skills through internships, tutoring and student media involvement. Her goal is to publish a novel one day. Before joining Lioness full-time, Laura was a freelancer herself and wrote many stories for the magazine.

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